Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Interior spaces

The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

I love a beautifully designed hotel, but then again who doesn’t?

Next stop on my bucket list is Barcelona, Spain – to stay in the impressive Mandarin Oriental.  An elegant, contemporary hotel located on the famous Passeig de Gracia, it ticks all the boxes for location, reputation and design.

Located in a renovated mid-20th century building, the 98-room hotel, offers an award-winning spa, innovative Michelin-starred dining by Carme Ruscalleda, all within an exquisite interior created by world-renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.

Interestingly, Urquiola received a gold medal from the King of Spain for her contribution to the Beaux-Arts in Spain and her Fjord Armchair and Foot Stool for Moroso and Bague Lamp for Foscarini are part of the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Originally built in the Fifties as headquarters for Banco Hispano Americano, the site itself has a long association with the upper classes, having once served as the home of the Círculo Ecuestre, an exclusive European private member’s club, and then later, was reincarnated as one of the city’s major banks.

This heritage provided a source of inspiration for Urquiola, who dedicated three years to crafting the hotel’s custom-made interiors. Although keen to allude to the property’s past, Urquiola also wanted to acknowledge the city’s Catalan soul and also at the Asian roots of brand Mandarin Oriental.

This complex fusion is executed perfectly, across both indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the building, creating a hotel that perfectly combines high style, and classic luxury.